Archive for the ‘Middle East Public Relations’ Category

Impact of Social Media in the Middle East

Thursday, August 4, 2011

This piece was originally published on the Saxum Perspective Blog.

Last month, I was invited to speak with a group of South Asian students visiting The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Oklahoma. The workshop was about new media and its impact on democracies in the 21st century. I met with 20 students from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Naturally, the Arab Spring was a major topic of discussion.

According to the Arab Social Media Report, at the end of the first quarter of 2011, there were 27.7 million Facebook users in the Arab world, a 30 percent jump from the beginning of the year.

A Social Media Revolution: The Egypt Protests and the Role of New Media

Friday, February 11, 2011

This piece was originally published on the Saxum Perspective Blog.

On June 4, 2009, President Obama gave his famous Cairo speech. Obama has been branded the President of change and with the recent protests in Tunisia, and now Egypt, it’s obvious the Middle East is hungry for change.

In the President’s Cairo speech, he preached about the important pursuit of certain freedoms.

The following is an excerpt from his speech:

Perspectives on International PR From the Middle East

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My background is diverse, to say the least. I’m an American of Arab descent. My mother is Palestinian, and my father is Libyan. I am also a practicing Muslim woman. When I first considered a career in public relations, I dreamt I would help change the way the world communicated. In particular, I wanted to bridge the gap between the East and the West.

During my time in school at the University of Oklahoma, I was a Gaylord Ambassador, a member of a group of students selected to assist with the Journalism College’s outreach activities. As an ambassador, I was introduced to Renzi Stone, my mentor in school and current employer.